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NASA Live: Launch the James Webb space telescope

NASA will be launching the JamesWebbspacetelescope Dec. 25. It’s a big deal.
* NASA’s latest flagship observatory
* It took close to 3 decades to build
* At a cost of $10B USD
* It’s the successor to the great Hubble telescope
* It can detect 100 times fainter than what the Hubble can observe
* It will orbit the sun (not the Earth like the Hubble telescope) at a distance of about 1 million miles (1.5 million km)
* 4 times farther than the moon
* We get only one shot at getting everything right
* It will help us to learn more about the cosmos and our place within in
* It is an engineering and technological marvel
* This is one of the most complicated things that humans have ever done
It’s inspiring to know that with dedication and perseverance it’s possible to overcome even the most difficult of problems. The scientists and engineers making this possible deserve our highest respect. Their dedication, integrity to their craft and following truth made their dreams and hopes a reality. Showing what humans are capable of through thinking, engineering and overcoming tough challenges and pushing human innovation to its limits. For the chance to better human understanding. Beautiful. ❤️

Dec. 25, Saturday
3 a.m. – Update on the fueling of the Ariane 5 rocket for the James Webb Space Telescope launch from Kourou, French Guiana
3:15 a.m. – James Webb Space Telescope highlights and launch pad views from Kourou, French Guiana
6 a.m. – Coverage of the launch of the James Webb Space Telescope on an Ariane 5 rocket from the Guiana Space Center in Kourou, French Guiana (launch scheduled at 7:20 a.m. EST) Goddard Space Flight Center/Space Telescope Science Institute/Kourou, French Guiana
9 a.m. – Webb Space Telescope post-launch briefing from Kourou, French Guiana

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